One of my favorite things in life (along with coffee and a good Hallmark movie) is cake! I LOVE cake! Not just any cake, but the most delicious, flavorful, moist cake that you have ever tasted! Dry cake? NO! It’s absolutely NOT worth the calories! So, several years ago, when I started making my babies’ birthday cakes myself, my Godmother (not a fairy, but quite magical still) gave me this super easy cake recipe!!!
My Godmother, a.k.a Jeannine comes from a long line of wonderful bakers! Now that her mother has passed on, she and her sister pass recipes back and forth. Occasionally I get lucky enough to get one of those passed on to me!
This easy cake recipe is a doctored cake mix, but it absolutely rivals any bakery cake I have ever tasted. I have tried quite a few recipes for cake from scratch, and so far they haven’t come close! One day I hope to find a scratch recipe that stays moist and tender, but until then, this is my go-to! I have used it for birthday cakes, cupcakes, and wedding cakes… I use this recipe 99% of the time that I bake a cake and it does not disappoint!
This recipe makes a very moist cake. I have played with the ingredients a little over the years to attempt to tweak it to perfection! Give it a try! It’s a super simple recipe, I hope you love it as much as we do!
The Best Ever: Easy Cake Recipe
- Cake pans
- 1 box cake mix flavor and brand of your choice (I prefer Duncan Hines). Sift if you desire... I don't! =)
- 1 box (small) instant pudding
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup buttermilk I usually use whole milk with a squirt of lemon
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3 tbsp self-rising flour (for yellow and white cake mixes) Optional, but especially important for yellow cake mixes that seem to come out very heavy and pound cake like! =)
- Mix all ingredients together. Your batter will be very thick.
- Bake according to box time based on the type of pan you are using, but you may have to add an extra couple of minutes. (see note below about oven temperatures)
- Pour batter into prepared pan(s). Prepare with Baking spray or vegetable oil and flour. You may also choose to cut a parchment paper round for the bottom of a layer cake to help ensure that your cake releases without difficulty.
Ideas For Everyday
Everyday Simple-Bake your cake in a 9×13 casserole dish and frost with your favorite frosting.
Please let me know if you try this recipe and how you like it!